Welcome to ACES

The Association of Chemical Engineering Graduate Students (ACES) is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of graduate students in the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of Washington. ACES works to provide opportunities for professional development and outreach outside of those typically encounter by graduate students. ACES organizes and hosts a symposium every year where representatives from industry get to meet future research leaders and learn about the exciting work being done in ChemE@UW. ACES works closely with the UW’s MESA program to reach out to local students and get them excited about science and engineering.

2013-14 ACES Officers


William Voje Jr.

Willy is currently developing a computational framework for the rapid development of functional RNA devices with applications to metablic engineering, synthetic biology, and thearaputics.


Officer in Training

David Galvan

David works on the implementation of plasmonic effects in the rational design and optimization of biosensing platforms.


Professional Development

Jared Shadish

Jared is using synthetic polymer scaffolds to study cell fate and to create implantable biomaterials.


Harrison, Elisa

Social Committee

Elisa T. Harrison

Elisa is currently working on using self-assembled monolayer (SAM) substrates to determine the orientation of Protein G B1 on various surfaces and the effect of its orientation on antibody binding using Monte Carlo simulations and surface-sensitive techniques, such as XPS, ToF-SIMS, and SFG.


Sprenger, Kayla

Social Committee

Kayla Sprenger

Kayla is studying biomolecules in non-aqueous solvents for alternative-energy applications using molecular dynamic simulations

Badeau, Barry

Social Committee,
Officer in Training

Barry Badeau

Barry is designing hydrogels which are responsive to biological cues.

Social Committee,
Officer in Training

Jac Clark

Jac is developing and characterizing thin-film copper zinc tin sulfoselenide (Cu2ZnSn(S,Se)4) photovoltaic cells with the aim of improving efficiency.


Social Committee,
Officer in Training

Jessica Soto-Rodriguez

Jessica is applying molecular biology and protein engineering techniques to express and purify large quantities of a proton pumping membrane protein to integrate it in H-Field Effect Transistors (H-FET) as the hydrogen source.



Honorio Valdes

Honorio studies reactions on solid oxide fuel cell electrodes.


Graduate and Professional Student Senate

Kelly Fleming

Kelly investigates reaction mechanisms and how solvents influence them using computational methods.


Graduate and Professional Student Senate

Michael Newton

Michael is working on gold nanoparticle delivered RNA diagnostic and therapeutic genetic control programs, characterized and studied by XPS and ToF-SIMS.



Matt Murbach

Matt is developing Nonlinear Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (NLEIS) for improving lithium ion battery characterization, safety and control.


Please send any comments, ideas, or suggestions to ACES@cheme.washington.edu

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